Natural Lanolin Salve Recipe for Dry, Damaged Skin
This natural lanolin salve recipe makes a wonderful alternative to commercial lotions and creams for hydrating and protecting extremely dry skin.
So, what is lanolin?
Lanolin is a naturally occurring wax that is secreted by the glands of sheep and other wool bearing animals that helps them shed water from their coats. When sheep are sheared in order to use their wool for textiles such as yarn or felt, the wool is first run through rollers in order to extract the lanolin.
Because lanolin is very similar in composition to the oils secreted by our own skin it’s able to provide a protective moisture barrier when used in skin care products. It acts as an excellent moisturizer and skin smoother as it’s capable of not only penetrating the outer layers of our own skin while still allowing it to breathe, but it is also a humectant able to attract and absorb up to 300% water.
According to Wikipedia lanolin is superior to both petroleum and glycerin with its emollient effects lasting for an eight hour period after the first application and up to 72 hours after a fifth day of consecutive use. Therefore a lanolin salve is perfect for severely dry and cracked skin, eczema and psoriasis.
In addition to the lanolin in my natural lanolin salve recipe, I’ve also used calendula and virgin cold pressed pumpkin seed oil. While calendula is proven to help promote healing, pumpkin seed oil helps to repair dry and damaged skin. Nutrients that include Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamins E, A, and C, and zinc aid in this process by promoting skin health.
Natural Lanolin Salve Recipe
.5 oz. beeswax
2 oz. pharmaceutical grade lanolin
.25 oz. pumpkin seed oil
.25 oz. calendula herbal oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops tea tree oil
5 drops rosemary antioxidant
5 drops vitamin E oil
To make my natural lanolin salve recipe, you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax. Combine in a glass Pyrex measuring cup then melt in either a double boiler or in the microwave at 40% power until melted.
Carefully remove from the microwave using a pot holder. (The handle and container will be very hot.) Then weigh out the lanolin and stir into the melted beeswax. Continue stirring until the lanolin has melted completely.
Next, weigh out the calendula herbal oil and the pumpkin seed oil and stir into the lanolin and beeswax.
Using a different pipette for each oil, add the tea tree and lavender essential oils, rosemary extract and vitamin E.
Stir well then pour 1.5 oz. of salve (by weight) into each of the two 2 oz. containers. Allow to cool, then cap tightly and store in a cool, dry location.
More Natural Lanolin Recipes
If you like my natural lanolin salve recipe, then you may also be interested in trying some of my other homemade recipes with lanolin. Following are some of my favorites.
- Natural Rosemary & Neem Oil Foot Salve Recipe with Lanolin
- Homemade Salve Recipe for Eczema with Honeybush Tea
- Cracked Heel Repair Balm Recipe with Lanolin
- Natural Peppermint Lip Balm Recipe for Dry, Cracked Lips
- Palmarosa Lime Natural Body Balm Recipe for Dry, Cracked Skin
- Sea Salt Face and Body Scrub Recipe with Lanolin
- Homemade Winter Body Balm Recipe
- Homemade Chocolate Orange Body Butter Recipe
- Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe with Lanolin
- Heal and Protect Winter Lip Balm Recipe
- Lavender Body Butter Recipe with Neem Oil
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